Medical emergencies that are not dental related may happen when families enter the pediatric dental facility. These resources are meant to help practices and clinicians recognize and respond to them when they do occur.
ADA Tip Sheet on Managing Patients’ Medical Emergencies*
This tip sheet reviews the most common medical emergencies in the dental office, and offers a checklist for medical emergencies systems and procedures.
Dental Patient Safety Foundation
The Dental Patient Safety Foundation is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to improving the safety and quality of dental care by acting as an aggregator of information related to patient safety events (i.e., incidents, near-misses, unsafe conditions) and a confidential reporting site for such events when they occur. The site includes a collection of safety event reports and information about protocols and best practices for dental professionals.
ADA Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office: Response Guide
“Your patients’ well-being always comes first – this not only applies to oral health, but also to medical emergencies in your dental office. To make sure you and your dental team are ready for any health issues that may arise, take advantage of our dental medical emergency training program. Whether your patient has a seizure, allergic reaction, or another instance that requires immediate care, this kit is your go-to staff training guide. Featuring both a printed guide and training videos, Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office helps you prepare for, identify, and manage potential medical emergencies as they occur.” Includes three CE credits. This ADA resource is for purchase.
Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office
This is a guide to help you recognize, respond to, and effectively manage medical emergencies.
The Red Flags of Syncope
This document prepared by the Dental Patient Safety Foundation defines various forms of syncope, presents two hypothetical case studies of events occurring in an office setting, and recommendations for how to manage them.
Guide to Pediatric Medical Emergencies
Guide to Pediatric Medical Emergencies reviews pediatric medical emergencies such as signs and treatment of airway obstruction including choking and asthma. Seizures are also reviewed. Pediatric emergency drug dosing is reviewed, as well as basic life support (BLS) and normal pediatric vital signs.
Diagnosis, Management, and Dental Considerations for the Diabetic Patient
Diagnosis, Management, and Dental Considerations for the Diabetic Patient reviews the medical condition of diabetes incuding its pathophysiology and medical management. Oral complications and dental management are also discussed.
Drugs Used to Treat Pediatric Emergencies
This report is a revision of "Preparing for Pediatric Emergencies: Drugs to Consider." It updates the list, indications, and dosages of medications used to treat pediatric emergencies in the prehospital, pediatric clinic, and emergency department settings.
Preparing Dental Office Staff Members for Emergencies: Developing a Basic Action Plan
This article provides a basic action plan for all staff members in the dental office to understand how to handle a medical emergency, including a breakdown of which personnel handle which emergency duties.
Algorithms for Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Algorithms for Pediatric Advanced Life Support includes the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) training center’s collection of graphics for PALS algorithms.
CPR and First Aid Algorithms
This webpage from the American Heart Association presents a number of algorithms graphics including that for basic life support. Visit https://cpr.heart.org/en/resuscitation-science/cpr-and-ecc-guidelines/algorithms
Management of Pediatric Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office
Management of Pediatric Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office is a CE course for practicing pediatric dentists. Pediatric dentists can expect to learn about medical emergency training for staff, medical emergency equipment and drugs, emergency treatment for a variety of events and more.
Updated Posters to Help Manage Medical Emergencies in the Dental Practice
This website presents a variety of posters to help manage medical emergencies in dental offices.
A Practical Guide to Emergency Preparedness for Office-Based Family Physicians
This guide describes an adaptable emergency preparedness program utilized by a community physician practice. It includes a review of available emergency equipment and location, mock codes and debriefing protocol.
Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office
Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office describes how to recognize and manage medical emergencies promptly and proactively, and details the resources that must be on hand to deal effectively with these situations. Visit https://www.elsevier.com/books/medical-emergencies-in-the-dental-office/malamed/978-0-323-17122-9